Monday, June 3, 2024

Florida deserves a better Governor than DeSantis


As Pride Month begins June 1, Floridians will notice a vivid difference: instead of casting rainbows, bridges around the state will only light up in red, white and blue. The DeSantis administration, which issued this year's ban on rainbow lights, is calling it "Freedom Summer."

Ever since the known "Don't Say Gay" law was passed, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has turned Florida into a test kitchen for anti-LGBTQ+ restrictions that have since spread to other states.

For example, books about LGBTQ+ characters have been pulled from school libraries. Minors are barred from receiving gender-affirming healthcare, despite such treatment having support from every major medical group. And adults face more hurdles to accessing and getting insurance coverage for transition-related medical care.

In addition, Florida bans transgender women and girls from participating in sports for female students. Trans people can't use bathrooms at schools and government buildings that match their gender identity. And earlier this year, state agencies barred trans people from changing their driver's license to match their gender identity. 

President Joe Biden denounced Florida legislation restricting LGBTQ+ rights. "What's going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, 'close to sinful,'" President Biden said. “It’s just terrible what they’re doing."

“It’s not like a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I decided I want to become a man' or 'I want to become a woman,'" he said. "I mean, what are they thinking about here? They’re human beings. They love, they have feelings, they have inclinations. It’s cruel," he added.

A poll commissioned by GLAAD revealed broad concerns of LGBTQ+ and ally voters in Florida about legislation stripping away their rights. LGBTQ+ and ally voters have to mark the difference in the future of their state. 

It's time to change, Florida!!!


  1. This is a ridiculous assertion.
    Although Florida may not offer statewide protection for some LGBT rights (or whatever alphabert soup you may want to call it), Florida has passed more local nondiscrimination laws than any other state in the country and every single one includes gender identity and sexual orientation protections. In fact, those protections now cover 60% of Floridians in the third largest state in the country. Over 13 million Floridians are affected. Only 4 states have this many people. Localities which offer protections include:
    Human Rights Ordinances:

    Alachua County (SO/GIE)

    City of Atlantic Beach (SO/GIE)

    City of Boynton Beach (SO/GIE)

    Broward County (SO/GIE)

    City of Delray Beach (SO/GIE)

    City of Dunedin (SO/GIE)

    Duval County (SO/GIE)

    City of Fernandina Beach (SO/GIE)

    City of Gulfport (SO/GIE)

    City of Gainesville (SO/GIE)

    City of Greenacres (SO/GIE)

    Town of Haverhill (SO/GIE)

    Hillsborough County (SO/GIE)

    City of Jacksonville (SO/GIE)

    City of Key West (SO/GIE)

    City of Lake Clarke Shores (SO/GIE)

    City Of Lake Worth (SO/GIE)

    City of Largo (SO/GIE)

    City of Leesburg (SO/GIE)

    Leon County (SO/GIE)

    City of Mascotte (SO/GIE)

    City of Miami (SO/GIE)

    City of Miami Beach (SO/GIE)

    Miami Dade County (SO/GIE)

    Monroe County (SO/GIE)

    City of Mount Dora (SO/GIE)

    City of North Port (SO/GIE)

    City of Oakland Park (SO/GIE)

    Orange County (SO, GIE)

    City of Orlando (SO/GIE)

    Osceola County (SO/GIE)

    Palm Beach County (SO/GIE)

    Pinellas County (SO/GIE)

    City of Sarasota (SO/GIE)

    City of St. Augustine (SO/GIE)

    City of St. Petersburg (SO/GIE)

    City of Tampa (SO/GIE)

    City of Tallahassee (SO/GIE)

    Village of Tequesta (SO/GIE)

    Volusia County (SO/GIE)

    City of Venice (SO/GIE)

    City of Wellington (SO/GIE)

    City of West Palm Beach (SO/GIE)

    City of Wilton Manors (SO/GIE)

  2. Thanks for your comment Eddie, fortunately the local authorities do the right job and protect LGBTQ+ rights instead State Gob.